Lavender is known to soothe irritated skin; rosemary is said to revitalize the nervous system and ease stiff joints. This beginner's recipe for lavender and rosemary soap combines the healing effects of both. Use a square muffin tin as a mold or invest in enchanting soap molds (flowers, animals, etc., available at craft stores). And don't forget to make extra as gifts
3 cups clear or base*
¼ cup infusion of lavender flowers and rosemary leaves
1½ teaspoons of lavender oil
1½ teaspoons of rosemary oil
2 cups distilled water
soap molds (muffin tins, special soap mold, etc.)
- Pulverize dried rosemary in a food processor, or buy readymade.
- Make the infusion of lavender flower and rosemary leaves first. (Infusion basically means "to make tea.") Boil distilled water (non-chlorinated water is best) and pour hot waterover fresh or dried herbs. Three tablespoons of herb per cup of water for ten minutes should suffice.
- Add the lavender oil and rosemary oil to the infusion.
- Melt soap base and add ¼ cup of infusion per 1 cup of soap base. Stir until blended, then pour into molds.
- Let sit for a month so that mold is completely set.
Tip: experiment with this “recipe.” Sometimes you can add the oil and leaves at the same time to the water (in Step 2) before boiling. This would dilute the scent a bit. You can even try it without the oil for an even milder effect. some prefer the milder scent.